University of Portland
Rev. Mark L. Poorman, C.S.C., was appointed as the 20th President of the University of Portland, effective July 1, 2014. Prior to his presidency, Father Poorman served as Executive Vice President at the University of Portland from July 2011 – July 2014. Father Poorman’s responsibilities included general oversight of the University divisions of Operations, Financial Affairs, University Relations, and Student Affairs. He also directly supervised the Offices of Admissions, Enrollment Management and Financial Aid. Fr. Poorman also served as Pastoral Resident at Schoenfeldt Hall during that time.
In addition to his duties as President, Father Poorman is a professor of theology at the University of Portland. His teaching and research are concerned with moral theology and its pastoral applications. He has written and lectured on medical ethics, sexuality, Christian ministry, professional ethics, and Catholic higher education.
Father Poorman served from 1999-2010 as Vice President of Student Affairs at the University of Notre Dame. As the university officer charged with responsibility for student affairs, his administrative duties included the supervision of Notre Dame’s residential life as well as Campus Ministry, Notre Dame Security Police, the Student Activities Office, the University Counseling Center, Health Services, the Career Center, the Office of Alcohol and Drug Education, the Gender Relations Center, and Multicultural and International Student Services. During his tenure as Vice President, Father Poorman led the Division of Student Affairs through a period of significant growth and development. He also oversaw multiple capital projects, including the construction of two residence halls and several other major construction and renovation projects. He also held a regular faculty appointment as Associate Professor in the Theology Department. He was the recipient of both the Kaneb Teaching Award and the Joyce Undergraduate Teaching Award, he received Notre Dame’s William A. Toohey, C.S.C. Preaching Award, and he was elected “Senior Class Fellow” by the Notre Dame graduating class in both 1997 and 2007.
Father Poorman is a member of the Board of Trustees of Stonehill College, the Board of Directors of King’s College, the Board of Governors of the University of Notre Dame-Australia, the Board of Director of Macdonald Center in Portland, and a Board member of the Oregon Community Ministry Board (OCMB) of Providence Health and Services.
Father Poorman graduated in English from the University of Illinois and earned his Master of Divinity from Notre Dame. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Ordained a priest in 1982, Father Poorman first served Notre Dame as rector of Dillon Hall and associate director of Campus Ministry. He then pursued graduate studies at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California, where he earned a Ph.D. in Christian Ethics.